Lily James was thrilled she could “breathe” in her Baby Driver outfit.
The 28-year-old actress found fame as Lady Rose MacClare in period television drama Downton Abbey five years ago, which required her to wear a corset along with other vintage attire.
Further projects also saw her slip back into the constraining garment, including Disney’s Cinderella in 2015 and 2016 BBC drama War & Peace, so when the role of waitress Debora came up in Edgar Wright’s action-packed Baby Driver, Lily was quick to accept the change of costume and atmosphere.
“It was heaven,” Lily laughed to W magazine. “That waitress outfit was pretty tight, but I would breathe, which was a change. And it was great. I really wanted to do something contemporary, which felt like an escape. It was breath of fresh air to get into 2017.”
Lily also found the project itself, about a getaway driver called Baby (Ansel Elgort) who must complete one last heist, a bit of departure and she couldn’t quite believe she was in such a “cool” movie. Also starring Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm, the British beauty loved the vibe during production, especially as the film features so much music.
“It was a really fun shoot,” she smiled. “The cast is insane, and they would bring boomboxes and play music on set. Everyone would sing. If I remember correctly, there was a lot of Michael Jackson.”